Josh Reddick Thanks Dodgers in Retirement Announcement on Social Media
One time Dodger outfielder Josh Reddick took to social media on Friday to announce his retirement from baseball. In his post on Instagram, Reddick thanked each of the five big league clubs he played for over the course of his career, including the Dodgers.
On the third slide is where he mentioned his time in LA.
“… Thank you to the Los Angeles Dodgers for selecting me to experience such a historic franchise and stadium as well as the playoff experience again. The run we made in 2016 was special. I know we don’t get along nowadays but I’m grateful for my time spent in Dodger blue.”
The long-time Houston Astro has been unable to find a job in Major League Baseball since a brief stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2021. He even took a detour to play in Australia but found little success there.
Reddick hangs up the spikes and the trash can after 13 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, Dodgers, Astros, and D-backs. He came to LA along with left-hander Rich Hill in a 2016 trade with the A’s. The Dodgers sent three top pitching prospects (Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes, and Jharel Cotton) to complete the deal. Things got off to a rocky start with his new team with Reddick hitting just .161 over his first 25 games. The fact that he took the place of fan favorite Yasiel Puig (who was banished to the minor leagues) didn’t help. Reddick rebounded hitting .382 over the final 22 games of the season.
He played well during LA’s postseason run that October but the Dodgers lost to the eventual world champion Chicago Cubs 4 games to 2 in the NLCS. That offseason Reddick signed a 4-year deal with the sign stealing Astros and went on to “win the World Series” against LA that fall.
He became a full blown villain following the revelation of Houston’s sign stealing system in place during that 2017 season. The outfielder spent a lot of time online awkwardly trolling Dodgers fans who felt cheated by the cheating Astros.
Reddick hit 146 home runs over the course of his career, driving in 575 runs while posting a .747 OPS in 1,305 games.
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